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Kid-Made Cocoa Cupcakes

I’m only a kid, and this is the first recipe I’ve created. I spent a year perfecting these cupcakes, asking advice from owners of local bakeries and my baker friends. I make them for every special occasion in my family and sometimes just for fun. If you want the cupcakes to taste more like hot cocoa, double the amount of hot cocoa mix. This recipe works well with multiple frosting flavors: mint, maple syrup, vanilla, marshmallow and buttercream. Decorate them any way you want! —Maia Hubscher, South Orange, New Jersey

Sweet ‘n’ Salty Party Mix

9 reviews

These crunchy munchies are sure to rank high with your family and friends. The combination of flavors gets this sweet...


Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Bars

90 reviews

My family loves this peanut butter cookie bars recipe—oatmeal, brownie bars, peanuts—it's made from all our favorite things! Oatmeal, peanut...


Hot Apple Cider

7 reviews

In this recipe, brown sugar and spices add extra flavor to already delicious apple cider. —Marlys Benning, Wellsburg, Iowa


Vanilla Wafer Cookies

34 reviews

These buttery cookies bake up chewy and crispy at the same time. Sprinkle these vanilla wafers with colored sugar or...

Chocolate Peanut Treats

13 reviews

When I was in high school, I took these sweet and crunchy squares to bake sales— and they were the...


Apple Pie Bundles

These cute bundles taste like an apple pie but without all of the work—no fork needed! The ingredients in this...

Caramel Corn Treats

2 reviews

A funky-fun twist on traditional Rice Krispie squares, these are a cinch to make and will delight the kiddies.—Cathy Tang,...


Cracker Snack Mix

11 reviews

Family and friends will munch this fun mix of crackers, nuts and ranch dressing by the handfuls! "Everyone is sure...


Three-in-One Popcorn Crunch

1 review

Folks with a sweet tooth will dig into these bite-size snacks. Candy corn is a colorful addition, so this mouthwatering...


Campfire S’mores Snack Mix

Two crowd-pleasers, party mix and s’mores, become a sensation when you combine them. No campfire necessary —you can make this...

Candy Corn & Peanut Popcorn Balls

My daughter and I enjoy baking and cooking together, and this recipe is one my daughter can help make and...


Ranch Snack Mix

32 reviews

This is a wonderful fast-to-fix munchie. The recipe makes tons and doesn't involve any cooking. It's a cinch to package...


Tempting Caramel Apple Pudding with Gingersnap Crust

9 reviews

The crunchy apple topping gives way to a creamy layer of cream cheese and butterscotch-caramel pudding. The gingersnap crust lends...


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Peanut Butter Chocolate Poke Cake

8 reviews

When my family is planning a get-together, I can count on three or four people asking if I'm bringing this...


Sweet-Tooth Popcorn

3 reviews

I like to be creative with this popcorn recipe and add different things to make it festive for the holidays....

Chocolaty S’mores Bars

31 reviews

One night my husband had some friends over to play poker and he requested these s'mores bars. They polished off...


South Dakota Frito Treats

16 reviews

Yep, they're made with corn chips! These salty sweets were a staple after meetings at the quilt guild I belonged...


Gingerbread Caramel Crunch

12 reviews

If you love gingerbread, you won't be able to resist this crispy, crunchy popcorn. Munch it yourself or share it...


Fruity Cereal Bars

2 reviews

With dried apples and cranberries, these crispy cereal bars are perfect for snacks or brown-bag lunches. —Giovanna Kranenberg, Cambridge, Minnesota


Apple Cinnamon Cake

4 reviews

This apple cinnamon cake is equally good for breakfast or dessert, so be sure to not eat all of it...


Peanut Butter Popcorn Balls

5 reviews

Friends and family are always happy to receive these tasty peanut butter popcorn balls. I love making them as well...


Double Chocolate Orange Brownies

10 reviews

I have to give my husband credit for this idea—since we love chocolate and orange together, he suggested I come...


Maple Crunch Popcorn

2 reviews

For a snack that's sure to bring smiles, try this medley of popcorn and pecans covered in a sweet and...

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Salty Peanut Squares

8 reviews

If your gang likes corn chips, they’ll love the sweet and salty blend in these fast-fixing bars from Wanda Borgen...


Tailgate Toffee Bars

4 reviews

Make a one-handed grab for this tender cake studded with toffee bits. Victory is extra sweet with a treat this...


Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars

8 reviews

My secret to these rich no-bake bites? Pretzels in the crust. They add a salty crunch to the classic peanut...


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Hand-Held Apple Pies

25 reviews

When I was in high school, my best friend's mother baked this mini apple pie recipe every year. I was...


Loaded M&M Oreo Cookie Bars

1 review

We’re all so busy and pressed for time that I find myself creating recipes that are generally fast to prepare,...


Cinnamon-Apple Brown Betty

4 reviews

If I had to define the "Betty" of Apple Brown Betty, she'd be a smart and thrifty Southern gal with...